Friday, August 19, 2016

Quotes of the Week

Enlightened insights taken from the past week’s reading:

“Is your vote a ‘Patriotic Duty?’ If you think it’s ‘patriotic’ to keep enabling power-craving sociopaths to dictate virtually every aspect of everyone’s life you might want to reconsider exactly what ‘patriotic’ means and then decide if you’re wasting your vote or not. Libertarians see nothing more 'patriotic' about voting for politicians than they see ‘patriotic’ about voting to replace one criminal mob boss with another.”
Garry Reed

“Do not support politicians. Support universal human rights and principles.
Mike Rogers

“The standard American approach to war is to underestimate the enemy, overestimate American capacities, and misunderstand the kind of war it enters. This is particularly true when the war is a manhood ritual for masculine inadequates–think Kristol, Podhoretz, Sanders, the whole Neocon milk bar, and that mendacious wreck, Hillary, who has the military grasp of a Shetland pony. If you don’t think weak egos and perpetual adolescence have a part in deciding policy, read up on Kaiser Wilhelm.”
Fred Reed

Maybe you notice a pattern here. Wherever socialism is tried, people suffer. Each case is different because no tyrannical regime behaves exactly like any other. But the root of the problem is the refusal to allow people to own, accumulate, trade, and associate.'"
Jeffrey Tucker

“Terrorism is politically motivated violence against innocents and non-combatants. The police are the primary means every government on Earth exists another day. Absent their intimidation and violence, no one would comply.
The state, small or large, can’t exist absent the intentional terrorism police practice every day to ‘maintain order‘; one can translate this into the special province of political-speak which means enforcing the vision of the political class.”
Bill Buppert

“The bureaucrat is not only a government employee. He is, under a democratic constitution, at the same time a voter and as such a part of the sovereign, his employer. He is in a peculiar position: he is both employer and employee. And his pecuniary interest as employee towers above his interest as employer, as he gets much more from the public funds than he contributes to them.
This double relationship becomes more important as the people on the government’s payroll increase. The bureaucrat as voter is more eager to get a raise than to keep the budget balanced. His main concern is to swell the payroll.”
Ludwig von Mises

“I regard it as required by first principles, that the receipt of parish relief should be a peremptory disqualification for the franchise. He who cannot by his labour suffice for his own support, has no claim to the privilege of helping himself to the money of others. By becoming dependent on the remaining members of the community for actual subsistence, he abdicates his claim to equal rights with them in other respects. Those to whom is his indebted for this continuance of his very existence, may justly claim the exclusive management of those common concerns, to which he now brings nothing, or less than he takes away.”
John Stuart Mill

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction."
E.F. Schumacher

“Imagination was the source for the building of modern civilization. But then civilization became dedicated to itself AS THE GROUP.
The individual never goes away, and neither does his imagination.”
Jon Rappoport

"There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity."
Douglas MacArthur

"Though our civilization is the result of a cumulation of individual knowledge, it is not by the explicit or conscious combination of all this knowledge in any individual brain, but by its embodiment in symbols which we use without understanding them, in habits and institutions, tools and concepts, that man in society is constantly able to profit from a body of knowledge neither he nor any other man completely possesses. Many of the greatest things man has achieved are not the result of consciously directed thought, and still less the product of a deliberately co-ordinated effort of many individuals, but of a process in which the individual plays a part which he can never fully understand. They are greater than any individual precisely because they result from the combination of knowledge more extensive than a single mind can master."
Friedrich Hayek

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